Friday, July 30, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, July 30, 2010

In This Issue

  • House to Vote on Easing Offshore Drilling Moratorium
  • House Democrats Come Back With a Different Tax Bill
  • Short-Term FAA Bill Clears; Long-Term Authorization Still Stalled
  • Increase in FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums Passes in House
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Today in Washington

The House votes on several bills, including measures on offshore drilling, small-business taxes and mortgage insurance.

The Senate convenes for morning business. No roll call votes are expected.

The President has no public events scheduled.

In Washington, select participants from the Washington International Piano Festival perform a recital of solo and ensemble music on the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, N.W.

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Top Stories

House to Vote on Easing Offshore Drilling Moratorium

The House will vote Friday on a measure that would ease the Obama administration's temporary ban on new deepwater drilling. [Read More]

House Democrats Come Back With a Different Tax Bill

House Democrats, who yanked a tax bill off the floor Thursday in response to a GOP move to repeal a small-business tax compliance law, are trying to react with a new bill Friday. [Read More]

Short-Term FAA Bill Clears; Long-Term Authorization Still Stalled

The Senate cleared on Friday a bill that will keep the Federal Aviation Administration running through the end of September and give negotiators more time to work on a long-term reauthorization of the agency. [Read More]

Increase in FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums Passes in House

The House passed legislation Friday to give the Federal Housing Administration flexibility to raise mortgage insurance premiums on the loans it guarantees. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

New Hampshire's Shea -Porter Improves in Polls but Is Still Vulnerable: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's fortunes may be turning. But New Hampshire's two congressional seats -- both currently held by Democrats -- are still largely up for grabs.

Not Really A Poll At All: In another installment of our partner Taegan Goddard's Political Dictionary, we bring you his definition of a term that drives some pollsters bonkers: Push Poll.

No Daylight Between Reid, Angle In Latest Mason-Dixon Poll: Republican Sharron Angle rebounded in the latest Mason-Dixon poll, polling at 42 percent versus 43 percent for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The CQ Politics staff reports the latest news in House, Senate and governors' races in The Eye.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, July 29, 2010

In This Issue

  • Pelosi Says the 'Swamp' Is One Thing, Rangel Is Another
  • Republicans Block Senate Vote on Small-Business Bill
  • Bill Would Give Shareholders a Vote on Corporate Political Spending
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2011 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill; an extension of various business tax breaks; and several bills under suspension of the rules.

The Senate votes against limiting debate on legislation to extend small business tax breaks and create a $30 billion lending fund for such businesses.

The President delivers speech on education reform to National Urban League 100th anniversary convention; meets with national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan; lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; signs Tribal Law and Order Act; attends Democratic fundraiser.

In Washington, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke delivers an address on "What Will Black America Look Like in 2025?" at the Centennial Conference of the National Urban League, 3 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Mount Vernon Square N.W.

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Top Stories

Pelosi Says the 'Swamp' Is One Thing, Rangel Is Another

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended her party's record on ethics Thursday, insisting that her 2006 vow to "drain the swamp" did not mean that ethical violations by Democrats would be eliminated. [Read More]

Republicans Block Senate Vote on Small-Business Bill

Republican objections blocked progress on a small-business bill in the Senate, leaving the measure's future in doubt. An effort by Majority Leader Harry Reid to limit debate on a substitute amendment to the bill fell short of the 60 votes needed as all 41 Republicans united against it. [Read More]

Bill Would Give Shareholders a Vote on Corporate Political Spending

Corporations would be required to give their shareholders an annual vote on how much money to spend on political activities under a bill approved by the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

McCain Backs Waring For Shadegg's House Seat: Sen. John McCain, who has a primary of his own, today waded into the campaign to pick a Republican nominee in an open Arizona House seat. The senator is backing state Sen. Jim Waring in a 10-name GOP race in which multiple candidates are supporting McCain against Senate challenger J.D. Hayworth.

Uncampaigning Candidate Simmons Wins Newspaper's Endorsement: Rob Simmons may have no staff in the field and he may not have raised any money in several weeks, but the former congressman has picked up the endorsement of Connecticut's largest newspaper in fast-approaching Republican primary.

Florida Poll: Undecided 35, Greene 33, Meek 23: Rep. Kendrick Meek is trailing his bolt-from-the-blue Senate primary challenger, billionaire Jeff Greene, with a large percentage of Democrats in Florida undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted July 22-27.

The CQ Politics staff reports the latest news in House, Senate and governors' races in The Eye.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In This Issue

  • New Report Criticizes Focus of U.S. Defense Effort
  • Snowe Is Fourth GOP Senator To Support Kagan
  • Cocaine Sentencing Bill Nears House Passage
  • Carbon Monoxide Safety Bill Passes in House
  • Reid's Energy Bill Revives Fight Over Hydraulic Fracturing
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2011 appropriations bill for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs, along with various bills under suspension of the rules.

The Senate considers a bill to provide small-business tax incentives and lending funds.

The President meets with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; travels to Edison, N.J., to meet with small business owners and discuss the economy; attends a pair of Democratic National Committee fundraisers in New York City this evening before returning to Washington.

In Washington, The National Urban League opens a four-day centennial conference, "Empowerment Time: Past, Present and Future," with a series of speeches and events capped by a concert featuring Grammy award winning artist John Legend. 10 p.m., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St, N.W.

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Top Stories

New Report Criticizes Focus of U.S. Defense Effort

The U.S. government is not properly organized, equipped or funded to meet emerging threats to national security, according to a new report from a congressionally mandated, bipartisan commission. [Read More]

Snowe Is Fourth GOP Senator To Support Kagan

Olympia J. Snowe of Maine on Wednesday became the fourth Republican senator to announce she plans to vote to confirm Elena Kagan as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. [Read More]

Cocaine Sentencing Bill Nears House Passage

The House was poised to clear legislation Wednesday that would narrow the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. [Read More]

Carbon Monoxide Safety Bill Passes in House

Legislation designed to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning through improved alarm systems and warning labels on generators was passed Wednesday by the House. [Read More]

Reid's Energy Bill Revives Fight Over Hydraulic Fracturing

Senate Republicans and small oil and gas producers are crying foul over a provision in Majority Leader Harry Reid 's energy bill that would impose new chemical disclosure requirements on a controversial onshore drilling technique. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Sen. Murray Counters Attack Ad With Big Thank You From Boeing Workers: Confronted by a pointed attack ad that tries to turn the "mom in tennis shoes" slogan against her, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is defending herself as only an incumbent can: With an ad that shows Boeing workers thanking her for saving their jobs. The Everett Herald reports that the ad comes on the heels of an anti-Murray spot by the American Action Network, which was formed by some of the nation's top Republicans. The attack ad depicts just the legs and tennis shoes of a woman walking on the backs of a man, woman and child.

R.I.P. Electoral College? The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a bill that would change the way the state allots its presidential vote, potentially giving the state's Electoral College votes to a candidate who wasn't the top vote-getter in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that the bill would award the state's 12 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. According to National Popular Vote, an advocacy group, five states have enacted similar laws.

Ayotte Maintains Big GOP Primary Lead in New Hampshire: A new poll shows former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte with a dominant lead in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) The poll by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling showed Ayotte at 47 percent, compared to just 14 percent for the next closest challenger, businessman Bill Binnie.

The CQ Politics staff reports the latest news in House, Senate and governors' races in The Eye.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In This Issue

  • Chairman Dissents as House Nears Vote on War Funding
  • House Democrats Target Liability Cap, Disputed Leases in Oil Spill Measure
  • Lawmakers Might Move Aviation Safety Provisions Separately
  • Small-Business Bill Might Pick Up Agriculture Disaster Aid
  • Sen. Snowe's Decision Seems To Doom Campaign Finance Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers the Senate-passed version of a fiscal 2010 supplemental spending bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Senate votes on whether to limit debate on motion to proceed to a campaign finance disclosure bill.

The President meets with top leaders of House and Senate; lunches with House members; greets Warner Robbins Softball World Series champions; meets separately with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; attends Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

In Washington, the Commerce Department hosts a daylong symposium, "Cybersecurity and Innovation in the Information Economy," with remarks by Howard Schmidt, White House cybersecurity coordinator. 2:45 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Chairman Dissents as House Nears Vote on War Funding

Although the House was expected to clear a $58.8 billion war funding bill Tuesday, the man responsible for bringing the measure to the floor planned to vote against it. [Read More]

House Democrats Target Liability Cap, Disputed Leases in Oil Spill Measure

The House may vote by the end of this week on a sweeping offshore drilling overhaul that the oil and gas industry says threatens domestic energy production and millions of related jobs. [Read More]

Lawmakers Might Move Aviation Safety Provisions Separately

Negotiators on a broad overhaul of federal aviation policy are discussing breaking out aviation safety language and adding it to a short-term extension, as chances for moving the full bill this week dwindle. [Read More]

Small-Business Bill Might Pick Up Agriculture Disaster Aid

Senate Democrats struggling to advance a small business lending and tax bill may try to attach a long-stalled package of agricultural disaster assistance to the measure. [Read More]

Sen. Snowe's Decision Seems To Doom Campaign Finance Bill

Maine Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe said Tuesday she would not vote to end a filibuster on a campaign finance disclosure bill, dashing Democrats' hopes to salvage the legislation, which is a White House priority and already has passed in the House. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

After Palin Endorsement, N.H. Voters Sour On Ayotte For Senate: Expect to see a lot of analysis about what's going on in New Hampshire after this poll: Public Policy Polling looked at the Senate race and found a striking change since Republican Kelly Ayotte scored an endorsement from Sarah Palin.

Black Caucus Backing White Congressman: The last time he ran for re-election, Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, a white guy who'd been rejected for membership in the Congressional Black Caucus, saw the caucus endorse his challenger. This time around, the caucus is sending Cohen money to help him run against a well-known black politician in that majority-black district.

Rahm Helps Meek Hook D.C. Dollars: Rep. Kendrick Meek, who's in a tough Senate primary in Florida, ought to be able to lure a lot of fellow Democrats to next week's Washington fundraiser. The bait: some face time with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

The CQ Politics staff reports the latest news in House, Senate and governors' races in The Eye.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, July 26, 2010 1:40 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Appropriations Season Ramps Up in House
  • Lincoln, Others Vow to Revive Safety-Net Funds
  • Senate Mounts Effort to Pass FAA Bill Before Recess
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Today in Washington

The House considers a number of bills, including legislation on technology accessibility.

The Senate takes up a campaign finance disclosure bill.

The President delivers a statement to the media on the Senate's campaign finance bill; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; meets with Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; later delivers remarks at an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

In Washington, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies hosts discussion with Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., on "Intelligence Management and Oversight: How are we doing?" 3 p.m., 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22203

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Top Stories

Appropriations Season Ramps Up in House

The House enters its last week before the six-week August recess poised to take up its first two fiscal 2011 appropriations bills on the floor. [Read More]

Lincoln, Others Vow to Revive Safety-Net Funds

Sen. Blanche Lincoln's effort to advance long-stalled disaster assistance for farmers fell short last week, but she and other Democrats pledge to continue to fight for social safety-net spending they say is being shortchanged. [Read More]

Senate Mounts Effort to Pass FAA Bill Before Recess

With the clock ticking toward an end-of-month expiration date, the Senate's Democratic leadership is still holding out hope that an FAA reauthorization bill can be completed this week. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Will Ethics Woes Change RSVPs for Rangel Fundraiser? The AP's Beth Fouhy sees awkwardness ahead for the Democrats who are hosting and who planned to attend a fancy Plaza Hotel fundraiser for New York Rep. Charlie B. Rangel, D-N.Y. Rangel, is scheduled to appear before a public tribunal of his peers starting the week of Sept. 13 for violating House rules and possibly breaking the law.

What They're Talking About in Colorado: Buck And 'Dumbasses' Senate candidate Ken Buck, who's running for the Republican nomination in Colorado, opened his mouth and out popped what he truly thinks about questions about President Obama's birth certificate. He's tired of them. Now the question is how long he'll have to talk about the way he expressed his birther fatigue.

The CQ Politics staff reports the latest news in House, Senate and governors' races in The Eye.

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